The excitement of the APPA Awards!
The Australian Professional Photography Awards – APPA 2017
So last weekend was one of the biggest for the professional photography community.
The AIPP (Australia Institute of Professional Photography) held it’s annual National awards ‘APPA’.
The awards were held in Melbourne over several days, with judging of prints over numerous categories.
We have state awards as a lead up earlier in the year, which is another exciting time (I was a finalist in two categories this year), but the APPAs are the big awards, and the awards that matter most when it comes to earning points and status with the AIPP.
The APPA awards are one of the largest in the world, and one of the only where the entries are actual prints…so the image print is being judged, not just the image itself.
APPA awarded prints earn merit points towards achievements within the Institute. I had been an Associate member for a few years and finally was close to achieving my Masters Award…and this was my absolute goal this year.
To achieve my Masters I needed two points (or two silver awards). While I knew this was achievable (I could enter 4 prints) I knew it it might not happen, so it was a pretty stressful and nerve wracking day.
I watched the Newborn Category judging for hours. My first print was awarded a very strong Silver award at 84 and I was thrilled. My next (and favourite) image scored 75, then a dreaded 79 (needing one more point to be awarded) and then the final blow. My last image scored 78.
My entries for this year:
While scores in the high 70s are deemed high professional practice…that’s obviously not what I was hoping for.
The only saving grace at National Awards is the review process. Any print that misses out by one point goes up for review.
The print is shown to a new group of 5 judges who decide if it should stay at it’s current score or be pushed up one mark.
It was a long and anxious wait until the end of the category judging, then waiting for my image to be revealed, one more time, for review.
With a lovely group of supportive girls I waited…and there was some cheering and possibly a little tear from me, when it got a ‘YES’ and went up to a silver award
…giving me the last one point I needed to achieve my Masters this year!!!
Needless to say there was some celebrating to be had. The Gala Dinner was held at the stunning Plaza Ballroom. A wonderful happy night celebrating the amazing photography community I am so proud to be a part of.
I would like to say a very big thank you..
To my clients, who trust me with your most precious memories.
To my family, who love and support me…and sat at home watching the awards livestreamed
To my wonderful AIPP family…there couldn’t be a more supporting community.
Special thanks to my lovely friend Kim Selby, for being there for me at the judging x
Cazz, APP M.photog
My feature on Pro Newborn site HERE